Behavioural and attitude traits of a shooter in school

Everyone is getting affected right rom the teachers, parents and school authorities because of the violence in school premises. This is the case in all the schools of the world. The word school shooter is no more new and it has become very familiar. With all these series of tragic events happening in schools nowadays, the bigger question is whether how does one find out whether which student is more likely to make an attack on the fellow students and teachers or who are the students who are showing ominous signs of violent behaviour.  

The answer probably to the question might look very obvious and simple but in real life it is really not easy to know what is going on in the mind of a particular person. NSSC or National School Safety Center provides guidelines which could be made use of in this regard. This checklist is not based on imaginations but based on the reports received from the deaths of the students due to violence in school from 1992 till date. So this is more realistic and practical.

This checklist also helps us to understand the severity of the problem of school violence and what are the steps that could be taken to prevent violence in school or atleast bring down the rate of occurrence. The National School Safety Center checklist includes the following points relating to school violence.

1.      The student with a history of aggressive attitude which is out of control.

2.      The student who uses abusive and foul language on school campus.

3.      The student who is violent or has a short temper and bursts out quickly.

4.      The student who brings deadly weapons and arms to school during school hours or otherwise.

5.      The student who has disciplinary charges against him.

6.      The student who has indulged in drugs or violence on campus.

7.      The student who does cruelty to animals.

8.      The student is stressed and sad most of the times.

9.      The student who keeps abusing other people for no reason.

10.  The student who likes to watch more violent movies, tv shows, etc.

11.  The student even in his essays writes only about violent and aggressive stuff.

12.  The student is more active with people who are involved in bullying other people and gang wars.

13.  The student who is more interested in reading books and stories on violent topics.

14.  The student who does not have very good relationships with his parents and family.

15.  The student who has been mistreated in his school days before.

16.  The student not being given enough love during his childhood days.

The above mentioned details are just a few points relating to a student and would definitely be helpful in understanding whether a person would get involved in violence in the future or not. And once the warnings are pretty visible, then the school management can take appropriate actions in the future.

School violence can be brought to a halt only if the psychology of the student is being understood. Only after that can you take any future course of action.